(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Last weekend, CNN published an editorial apologizing for the South’s “hypocrisy.”
Issac Bailey, an editorial writer for the Charlotte Observer, wrote the article that ties the accusations against Roy Moore to alleged cultural and religious hypocrisy of Southern Americans.
“My region repeatedly claims that we place God above all else, but our actions tell a different story, especially when we mix religion, politics and the mistreatment of women and girls,” Bailey wrote. “We have politicians who feel no compunction, even, misusing the story of a sacred virgin birth to ignore child molestation.”
Bailey is referring to a statement from Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who defended Roy Moore by comparing his alleged relationship with an underage girl to the relationship between Mary and Joseph.
“Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter,” Zeigler said in defense of Moore. “They became parents of Jesus.”
The statement didn’t sit well with people across the political spectrum, but Bailey saw it as an opportunity to attack Southern culture, religion, and politics.
Bailey’s argument goes like this: Southern conservatives have become so entrenched in political battles that they have disregarded all morality — to the extent that they’ll disregard inappropriate relationships for the sake of political victory. Furthermore, their political positions have become completely partisan, and they care only about whether a candidate is a Republican or a Democrat.
Bailey’s thesis appears somewhat unlikely, considering Alabama Republicans rejected Luther Strange in the Republican Senate primary less than two months ago. It’s clear Christian conservatives don’t want just any Republican; they want one that represents their beliefs, even if he or she is imperfect.
Bailey said Republican candidates often use terms like “spiritual warfare” to garner support for their political cause, without appealing to morality.
“I’d like to apologize, America, because we call ourselves brave Christians, but my region of the South possesses political hypocrisy and moral cowardice that knows no bounds,” Bailey wrote.
Bailey calls this trend “spiritual rot on the right.”
To cap off his argument, Bailey attacks American greatness as a whole: “Finally, I’d like to apologize because we are not who we’ve long claimed to be, and it is hurting what we desperately want to believe is still a great nation.”